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Multnomah University Provides Two New Endorsement Programs for Teachers

9/26/2008

This term at Multnomah University was marked by the launch of two new teacher endorsement programs: Reading Specialist and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages). These endorsements are for individuals who hold a teaching license and wish to broaden their qualifications and become further equipped to serve the student population.

Both endorsements are designed to enable teachers to work strategically in high-needs areas by giving teachers the latest in instructional content and methodology in working with students at risk and children whose first language is not English.

Classes for the Reading Specialist and ESOL endorsements are held late afternoons and evenings to enable those currently working to attend.


Three Benefits for Teachers to Add Endorsements

  1. Endorsements provide new opportunities for teachers to expand their ability to serve students.
  2. A teacher's status as a valuable asset within a school is enhanced with specialized endorsements.
  3. Endorsements fill a high-demand area within schools through teachers who are well-prepared to serve those students.


Quotes

"Multnomah believes that its mission is to prepare Christians to impact their world in both church-related and marketplace ministries," Dr. Debi Miller, director of Teacher Education at Multnomah University said. "Schools of all kinds-public and private-are filled with students who struggle to read, who struggle with understanding the basic concepts being taught through language. Whether these are native English speakers who struggle with literacy, or 'English as a second language' speakers learning English for the first time, we want to further equip teachers to open the world of learning for these students."

"At Multnomah we want to prepare teachers who think critically, act compassionately, and work strategically to address these needs as part of their calling to love God and love people. That is why we added these endorsement programs to our Teacher Education program," Dr. Miller said.


More Information

Information nights are being held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on October 14 and 28, and November 4 and 18 where you can learn more about these endorsement programs.

For more information about Multnomah University's two teacher endorsements or the Teacher Education Program, contact Debi Miller at 503.251.6439 or dmiller@multnomah.edu.